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This Road Trip Through New Mexico’s State Parks Is The Perfect Way To End Your Summer

End your summer on a high note with a road trip through some of New Mexico’s gorgeous state parks. This itinerary is heavy on parks with lakes so that you can cool off along the way. However, the outdoor opportunities extend far beyond swimming. Hiking enthusiasts, fishing fans, and wildlife lovers will all enjoy this drive.

The route covers 848 miles and takes a hair over 15 hours without stops. We recommend spacing the trip across several days – Labor Day weekend anyone? There are plenty of campsites in New Mexico’s state parks where you can sleep surrounded by scenic vistas.

Here is the Google Map for the trip.

Conclude your drive by returning to Elephant Butte – or Truth or Consequences – to finish out this loop.

Admission to each of New Mexico’s state parks is $5 per vehicle for day use. With nine parks, that amounts to $45. That’s pretty affordable, especially if you travel as a family or with a group of friends. Campsites range in price from $8 per night for a primitive spot, to $18 for a developed site with all the hookups.

So, what do you think? Are you ready for this road trip?

Learn more about New Mexico’s many state parks here. We’re sure there is at least one that appeals to you.

Juliet White
New Mexico staff writer for Only In Your State and freelance writer. A committed travel junkie, Juliet has lived on two continents, but believes that the sunsets in New Mexico are the best. She can be reached on Twitter @JulietWrites.